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How Do I Open a 7-Zip File

February 23, 2015  |  Difficulty: Easy

How Do I Open a 7-Zip File

7-Zip is a popular open source file archiver. The application is used to compress files and has almost the same functionality as WinZip® or WinRaR®. People use it to make one compressed file containing more files or one larger file for sharing. You may receive a 7-Zip file by email, instant message or downloading it from the Internet. If you want to open it, you have to have the 7-Zip archiver installed. The instructions below describe where to download 7-Zip, how to install this piece of software and how to open the 7-Zip file.

Downloading, Installing and Using 7-Zip:

  1. Launch your Internet browser and navigate to the 7-Zip download page.
  2. Download the installer file according to your operating system version by clicking on the proper “Download” button and save the file on your hard drive.
  3. Run the downloaded installer file.
  4. On the first installation wizard page, select the location where you want to install the application and click on the “Install” button.
  5. When the installation process finishes, click on the “Finish” button.
  6. Launch the 7-Zip application – 7-Zip File Manager.
  7. Select the “7z” file you want to open and decompress.
  8. Click on the “Extract” button on the main navigation bar.
  9. Specify the location where you want to unpack the content of the 7-Zip file and click on the “OK” button.


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